Mrs. Eldridge is the Executive Director of Cumberland Good Samaritans, Inc., a non-profit agency in Crossville, TN that, through numerous programs, addresses the unmet needs of low-income senior citizens, individuals, and families in Cumberland County. In 1999 she coordinated efforts to fund and build the agency's current 1.2 million dollar facility and has taken the agency from two hundred thousand to over two million dollars in assets. In the mid-'70s, Eldridge worked in the banking industry in Nashville and continued to work in banking in the early '80s after relocating to Crossville.
From 1984-1996, Mrs. Eldridge served as field representative to Congressman Jim Cooper in the 4th Congressional District that covered 23 rural counties. She worked closely with the Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans Administrations. She also worked on special projects with rural city and county governments and with state and federal agencies, becoming very knowledgeable regarding legislative issues and funding resources.
A lifelong community activist, Mrs. Eldridge co-founded the Cumberland County Drug Alliance in 1987 in response to Governor Ned McWherter's Drug Free Tennessee initiative. Today the alliance does educational and preventive work in every school in Cumberland County. She is a founding member of the Salvation Army Service Unit of Cumberland County, which addresses the unmet needs of children removed from homes by authorities. She is also a founding member of Cumberland County's (VOAD) Volunteer Organizations Aiding in Disaster.
Mrs. Eldridge received the governor's award from Lamar Alexander for her service to the Tennessee Children's Commission. She was named Outstanding Young Tennessean and nominated for National Young American. Mrs. Eldridge has served on numerous committees for the Cumberland County school system and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Art Circle Library. She has served on boards or committees as an activist for American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, Easter Seals, March of Dimes, the Children's Hospital Network at Vanderbilt, and Boys Clubs of America. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Cumberland County Democrat Party and is a member of the Democratic Women's Organization.
Mrs. Eldridge resides in Crossville and has been married for 35 years to Major John Eldridge, a 34-year veteran with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. They have three sons and six grandchildren. She is a member of the Linary Church of Christ, where she has taught ladies classes and coordinates a children training program.
Mrs. Eldridge has been a member of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) since 2008, and was elected as a member of the Executive Committee effective October 1, 2010.